Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and its Syrian offshoot the Democratic Union Party (PYD) terrorist organizations seized approximately 56 kilometers of Syria’s Deir ez-Zor’s countryside without resistance from Daesh.
The U.S.-backed PKK/PYD terrorists operate mainly in Deir ez-Zor’s oilfields positioned east of the Euphrates River close to the Iraqi border.
The al-Omar, Tanak, Ward, Afra, Kewari, Jafra, Jarnuf, Azrak, Kahar, Sueytat and Galban oilfields are all located on the east of the Euphrates River, which divides Deir ez-Zor into two. These oilfields, of which al-Omar is the largest, constitute approximately one third of Syria’s total energy production.
The PKK/PYD controls approximately 350 small wells in the Hasakah province. On a daily basis, these wells produce approximately 35,000 barrels of oil. The Syrian regime is the biggest buyer of the terrorist group’s crude oil. The PKK/PYD uses the remaining oil.
Due to the war, the PKK/PYD is able to sell one barrel of oil for approximately $70, which is higher than international prices. In this way, the terrorist organization makes approximately $70 million monthly from the oil wells in Hasakah alone.
PKK/PYD sets sights on Syrian oil in Deir ez-Zor
The PKK/PYD terrorist group is advancing rapidly into Syria's eastern Deir ez-Zor province, home to some of the country’s most productive oilfields.There are 11 major oilfields in Deir ez-Zor from which the Daesh terrorist group withdrew earlier without any shots fired.Backed by the U.S., the PKK/PYD on Sept. 9 began advancing some 56 kilometers into Deir ez-Zor without encountering any resistance from Daesh.The PKK/PYD’s main area of operations includes oilfields located in Deir ez-Zor east of the Euphrates River near the border with Iraq.Syria’s main oilfields are located east of the Euphrates, the largest of which is the Al-Omar oilfield.The Al-Omar, Tanak, Ward, Afra, Kewari, Jafra, Jarnuf, Azrak, Kahar, Sueytat and Galban fields are all located east of the river. These are estimated to account for roughly one third of Syria’s total energy production. Daesh, which held these oilfields for about three years, earned millions of dollars in revenue from their use.The PKK/PYD, meanwhile, controls roughly 350 small-scale oil wells in Deir ez-Zor. Leaders of the terrorist group say these wells produce about 35,000 barrels of oil each day.The group sells most of this crude oil to the Syrian regime and uses the rest itself.The PKK/PYD sells this oil for about $70 per barrel, which is considerably higher than current international prices. Its oil wells in the Hasakah province alone are said to generate roughly $70 million per month.The PKK/PYD’s daily oil production -- and revenue -- will likely rise threefold if the group seizes oilfields in Albu Kamal city, located southeast of Deir ez-Zor.According to Anadolu Agency’s calculations, the PKK/PYD, which now holds some 23 percent of Syrian territory, also managed to capture -- with U.S. support -- the country’s three largest dams.With the capture of these dams (Aleppo’s Tishrin Dam and Raqqah’s Tabqa and Baas dams), the terrorist group now controls an estimated 70 percent of Syria’s total potential hydroelectricity production.What’s more, the PKK/PYD also holds roughly 60 percent of northern Syria’s agricultural land.
US, RUSSIA CLASHES
Located in Syria’s east Deir ez-Zor, which is under Daesh-control, is witnessing a struggle between Russia-backed regime forces and U.S.-backed PKK/PYD forces.
The Assad regime, which receives air support from Russia and field support from Iran, advanced through the Syrian Desert and entered the city center that had been under Daesh control for three years.
Regime forces and the PKK/PYD are continuing to simultaneously advance through Deir ez-Zor’s northeastern countryside. The terrorist organizations declared the launch of their U.S.-backed campaign on Sept. 9.
The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the European Union and the United States. The PKK has been conducting armed violence in the southeastern part of Turkey since 1984. More than 40,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in the three-decade long conflict.
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Turkey amasses tanks along Syria border
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Syrian army cuts Daesh's main Deir al-Zor supply line
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Syrian army, allies close in on Daesh in Deir al-Zor
Syrian troops seized a suburb of the eastern city of Deir al-Zor on Sunday, tightening the noose around Daesh terrorists, a military source said.The Syrian regime's army and allied forces captured the al-Jafra district at the edge of Deir al-Zor city on the western bank of the Euphrates, the Syrian military source said. Daesh terrorists could only escape by crossing the river."They have no outlet except crossing the Euphrates towards the eastern bank and fleeing towards the desert, or (the towns of) al-Bukamal and al-Mayadin," the source told Reuters.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the army and its allies had encircled Daesh in the city overnight by taking al-Jafra near the air base. The terrorists hold nearly a third of the city, the British-based war monitoring group said.The Syrian army pushed into Deir al-Zor city this month, with the help of Russian air power and Iran-backed militias. The advance broke a Daesh siege of an enclave there and a nearby air base that had lasted three years.